Simms: Win puts Eli, Coughlin in Hall of Fame

CBS analyst Phil Simms isn’t a big believer in the “legacy” conversations for NFL coaches and players.

But when pressed on the issue, Simms told NFL Network on Wednesday the legacies of Giants coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning will land them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — if they win Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.

“I think it’s even bigger for Tom Coughlin,” Simms said. “The public doesn’t perceive him as a great coach. Tom doesn’t give great soundbytes. He’s just real. There’s nothing phony about him, so he can’t play that game that we all play a little bit with the press.”

Indeed, Coughlin is who he is. There’s not much of an act. And Simms knows Coughlin as well as anyone, as the two go back to 1988, when Coughlin was the wide receivers coach for the Giants.

Does the perception match the reality for Coughlin, who coaches in the NFL’s biggest market, where the calls for his job came often during the season?

Coughlin is 142-114 (.555) in his career, including 74-54 (.578) with the Giants. The Giants have made the playoffs in five of his eight seasons, and Coughlin (7-3) is one win shy of Bill Parcells for most playoff wins in franchise history.

Coughlin also led the expansion Jaguars to the playoffs in four of his eight seasons in Jacksonville, and is 11-7 (.611) overall in the postseason.

Coughlin could become the 13th NFL coach to win multiple Super Bowls joining, among others, Parcells (2-1).

“If they win Sunday, they’re warming up to him fast in New York,” Simms added.”Everybody in football knows about him and appreciates him, but it’s taken the fans a lot longer.”

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